Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitutes

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged in Florida Prostitution Ring Bust

Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a Florida spa that was tied to an worldwide human trafficking ring, police told TCPalm.

"We are as equally stunned as everyone else", the police chief told reporters.

Police also say that numerous acts were captured on surveillance video.

Kraft is among the 25 people who will be charged by Jupiter Police.

The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding Palm Beach County.

Jupiter police also announced that they are now in the process of filing a warrant for Kraft's arrest in Florida. Since then, he's celebrated six Super Bowl wins with the squad, and has positioned himself - through the strength of the Patriots as a brand - as a major power-player in the NFL.

A sting operation earlier this week resulted in the arrests of four women linked to the Orchids spa, which was described as a "rub and tug" establishment on online forums, police said.

He also recalled seeing Kraft getting into a chauffeured vehicle at the plaza about two weeks ago, saying he waved to Kraft and the Patriots owner waved back out of the auto window.

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Last month, President Donald Trump proclaimed January as a month to abolish human trafficking around the world.

Kraft, 77, faces a charge of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution.

A spokesman for the Patriots owner is quoted as saying: "We categorically deny that Mr Kraft engaged in any illegal activity".

Kraft's wife, Myra, died in 2001. "With respect to her family's privacy, we will not be commenting any further".

The agencies involved in the investigation include Homeland Security, the IRS, the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, and the Jupiter Police Department. Although Kerr didn't confirm what Kraft allegedly paid, he said the rate for services at the spa ranged from $59 for 30 minutes to $79 for an hour.

"I was very surprised to see it", Trump added.

Kraft purchased the Patriots in 1994 for $175 million and is also the owner of the New England Revolution and the Kraft Group.

Personal conduct policies are stricter on NFL owners and league employees, as Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay found in 2014 when he was suspended for six games and fined $500,000 after being arrested on drug charges. However, they did communicate that officials are in possession of video showing Kraft being driven to the site.

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